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Stephen Avenue Walk

8 Ave SW, Calgary, Alberta T2P 1B3, Canada (Southwest Calgary)
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Ranked #29 of 227 attractions in Calgary
Type: Malls, Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas
Activities: Shopping, Dining
Traveler Description: Stephen Avenue Walk is an historic downtown pedestrian mall which is one of the few National Historic Districts within Canada. Many of the... more »
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Evergreen, Colorado, Usa
19 reviews 19 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

I loved walking this avenue and we have something similar in Denver but ours has buses that run up and down it and this one is just for pedestrians only so it was much more enjoyable to walk.

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Winnipeg, Canada
15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

If you like afternoon walks and watching people, go ahead and check out Stephen Avenue. There are lots of shops, bars and restaurants to choose from. Very touristy and busy at certain times. But since it is close to other Calgary attractions, taking a stroll here would be a good idea.

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Toronto, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

If you have a day in Calgary and want to get a sense of the city and eat out - its probably a good idea to visit - lots of restaurant options in the area. Some shopping as well - but dont expect more. Restaurants seemed very busy and it was difficult to get a table in many of them... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

Looking for legacies...notice the dates on the foundations stones; looking for bargains...notice the prices that make fingers fidget around purses; looking for a good meal with good friends...notice the open-air venues that give you a chance to call over a passing acquaintance...Stephen Avenue has what you are looking for. Expect surprises...bands, jugglers, street entertainers...a piano to play...expect the pleasantly unexpected.... More

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Calgary, Canada
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27 reviews 27 reviews
10 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2014

It was a sunny day when we walked Stephen Avenue, it is a lovely pedestrian street with stalls selling things, charity stalls also and loads of cafes, restaurants and shops. We didn't stop anywhere for food or drinks but everywhere had outdoor seating and looked busy.

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Banff, Alberta, Canada
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96 reviews 96 reviews
69 attraction reviews
105 helpful votes 105 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

Similar to grandville or robson in Vancouver but simple the not the same class with more restaurants than shops. While it provide a nice walk through downtown Calgary it felt more like a tourist trap without the tourist stores that tourist are looking for!! Downtown overall is not the best place to see or visit Calgary!!! Stay away unless you... More

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Top Contributor
212 reviews 212 reviews
99 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

This pedestrian mall has its advantages and disadvantages. Like any city core, it is busy during business hours and dead on weekends. There are some interesting shops and restaurants and others that aren't so great- more like tourist traps than anything else. Worth the walk to be outside as opposed to malls with the added benefit of seeing some great... More

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Calgary, Canada
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88 reviews 88 reviews
37 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

This street is closed off from traffic during the day opening it up to pedestrians, which allows street vendors and some buskers to occupy the street on nice summer days. There are a lot of restaurants and a little shopping on the street.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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80 reviews 80 reviews
51 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

We got quite a few bargains in the little shops on either side of Stephen Avenue. There are lovely buildings and its all lit up for Christmas. Really nice little places for lunch and dinner too. Well worth the visit.

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Calgary, Canada
19 reviews 19 reviews
16 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

A nice stroll with a few interesting shops. Stay on the outside, once you go into the mall, it's the same "old thing" as any other mall. The pubs are great and often have outdoor patios in the summer. My personal favourite is the James Joyce, but I always eat in because I love the decore.

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